One of the kids lost his phone and i bought a V-262 ALLTEL phone for him to use until the good one turns up. With the help of the alltel hotline we tried to activate it, but the *228 wouldn't work because i'm in an area where alltel piggybacks from Verizon towers. when i dial 611 with the phone, i get the "thanks for calling alltel" and they recognize the correct number, but dialing any other number gives me verizon wireless. we also tried to manually activate the phone with the 74**3#menu/menu method and got the same result. Is there any way to activate the phone other than taking it back to my home base area? i'll be there next week, but i'm kind of curious as to how the system works. thanks.